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Google reports on mobility trend changes in Pakistan during coronavirus lockdown Tech giant Google has released reports on social distancing and mobility pattern changes in Pakistan among other countries, as the world observed strict lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Google provided the reports to help give an idea of movement across countries […]

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World Bank approves Rs33 bn to help Pakistan counter COVID-19 ISLAMABAD: The World Bank’s (WB) Board of Executive Directors on Thursday approved $200 million (Rs33.31 billion) package to help Pakistan take effective and timely action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening the country’s national healthcare systems and mitigating socioeconomic disruptions. According to WB’s […]

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Coronavirus death toll passes 20,000, three billion under lockdown More than three billion people around the world were living under lockdown on Wednesday as governments stepped up their efforts against the coronavirus pandemic which has left more than 20,000 people dead. As the number of confirmed cases worldwide soared past 450,000, UN Secretary General Antonio […]

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China, US to help Pakistan fight coronavirus ISLAMABAD: To help Pakistan face the daunting challenge of fighting the coronavirus, China and the United States have emerged as leading partners, despite the fact that both these major world powers are themselves fighting this deadly disease on a large scale. China besides providing $4 million to build […]

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Coronavirus spread due to ignorance of conservative religious class: Fawad Chaudhry ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry Thursday said coronavirus outbreak has spread in Pakistan due to ignorance of the conservative religious class. Fawad Chaudhry said in a statement that the global outbreak of coronavirus has spread in Pakistan due to ignorance […]

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Pakistan asked not to sign accords for Haj ISLAMABAD: The government of Saudi Arabia on Thursday asked the Pakistan government not to make any arrangements regarding accommodation and travelling of the intending pilgrims for the upcoming Haj in view of the coronavirus outbreak till final decision is taken by the Kingdom. Saudi Minister for Haj […]

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Chinese says equipment for Pakistan seized by India is for industrial, not military use BEIJING: China on Thursday dismissed the Indian accusation that the industrial autoclave seized on a Pakistan-bound Chinese ship could be used for military purposes, saying it was actually a heat treatment furnace shell system and not a dual-use item classified under […]

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US-Taliban deal jolted: Ghani rejects Taliban prisoners’ release.. KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani rejected on Sunday a Taliban demand for the release of 5,000 prisoners as a condition for talks with Afghanistan’s government and civilians, included in a deal between the United States and the militants. “The government of Afghanistan has made no commitment to […]

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Pakistan braces up for huge quarantine after corona virus reaches via Iran Screening for coronavirus at the airport. After its emergence in China, the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Pakistan. Health authorities have confirmed two cases so far – one in Karachi and the other in Islamabad. Both patients had travelled to […]

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Taliban, US close to peace agreement PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban said they had received positive signals from the US negotiation team in Doha and were close to a possible ceasefire plan. The new development was reported after the recent warning by the top Taliban leadership that it would quit the peace process in case the […]

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